Wednesday, January 28, 2015

(Related update): Ben Carson for President!

Related update: At the end of the post below, I included Scott Walker in my list of desired GOP candidates for 2016. In the wake of a terrific performance in front of a high-powered collection of GOP leaders in Iowa recently, Walker...
has taken the first formal step toward a presidential candidacy in 2016, establishing a committee that will help spread his message and underwrite his activities as he seeks to build his political and fundraising networks in the months ahead.
Walker filed papers to set up the committee, called "Our American Revival," and a new Web site for the organization was scheduled to go live later Tuesday. The steps come after a busy weekend of pre-presidential events that included his address at the Iowa Freedom Summit, a later appearance at a gathering in California hosted by the billionaire Koch brothers and a stopover in Denver for additional fundraising.
There's more of interest about this positive development in this Washington Post article. [ht: instapundit.com]

Original post 1/17/15: Ben Carson is a tremendously impressive individual, and while he probably has no chance at the Republican nomination for 2016, he is an increasingly relevant and influential element in the growing libertarian wing of the GOP.  This National Journal article covers Carson's recent "audition" at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting and features many quotes from his speech.  Here are two excerpts from this must-read article:
 At one point, after discussing the bravery of America's founding fathers—who were "willing to die for what they believed"—Carson said the country has lost that sense of urgency. Meanwhile, he argued, enemies such as the Islamic State have gained it.
"They've got the wrong philosophy but they're willing to die for what they believe," Carson said of ISIS, "while we're busily giving away every value and every belief for the sake of political correctness."
And,
In a possible preview of his stump speech, Carson said people are asking him why he would consider running, given his lack of political experience.
"I will admit, I do not have experience in certain things, like empowering special interests and growing the government and wasting taxpayer money and dishonoring our military and deserting our allies and lying to the people and submitting to the [political-correctness] police. I have no experience in that, and I hope to never experience in that," he said. 
If it were up to me, the GOP nomination in 2016 would be a battle between Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, and Ben Carson.  And though the country is, I believe, slowly moving in the right direction -- towards the view we promote here at OLS, classical liberalism -- I don't think it's ready to nominate any of the four as the GOP contender, yet alone vote him in as the President of the United States.